Comprehensive Care

What is a wrist fracture?

Sometimes known as Colles’ fracture or a distal radius fracture, a broken wrist is a common condition that occurs in the larger bone of the forearm, near the wrist joint. Depending on the severity of the break, the fracture itself may affect only the forearm or extend all the way into the wrist joint itself. Often, fractures like these occur in patients who suffer from weakened bones due to osteoporosis.

What are the causes?

Fractures are most commonly caused by one of the following:

  • Weakened bones due to osteoporosis
  • Falling onto the outstretched arm/wrist
  • Being hit on the wrist

What are the symptoms?

It is important to visit an orthopedic specialist at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Wrist pain, especially when flexing
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Wrist deformity or unusual bending
  • Tenderness

How is it diagnosed?

At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our physicians have years of experience diagnosing a wide range of arm and wrist injuries. Your initial exam will likely involve the following:

  • Medical history evaluation – One of our physicians will ask you about past relevant medical problems and your wrist pain.
  • Physical exam – This may include asking questions about your wrist pain level and examining the injured wrist.
  • Imaging tests – Usually, when a fracture is suspected, we will use diagnostic image testing to evaluate the location and severity of the fracture.

How is a fracture treated?

Often, a broken wrist can be repaired using conservative treatments, including:

  • Casts
  • Splints
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy

 

If your injury has caused your bones to shift out of place or break through the skin, you may need surgery to restore the proper alignment and full function of your wrist. During surgery, your orthopedic surgeon may use wires, screws, or plates to secure your bones back in the correct position. MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offers advanced surgical options to treat your broken wrist, including:

 

If you believe you may be suffering from a fractured wrist, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating injuries and are pleased to offer comprehensive wrist and hand care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

John S. Foley, MD
John S. Foley, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
PhonePhone: 202-444-0335

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Michael William Kessler, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Trauma/Broken Bones & Fractures

Robert David Golden, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
David M. Hampton, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Kevin McMahon, MD
Kevin McMahon, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682